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Garlic festival highlights growers -- and eaters

Sports & Leisure Jennifer Simonson · ·

1 Irene Bender, dressed as a garlic bulb, entertains the crowd gathered for the Minnesota Garlic Festival Saturday. Bender, who is from Dassel, Minn., was part of the original committee that started the festival nine years ago. 
2 Garlic grower Jerry Ford, of Living Song Farm, shows off a bundle of his home-grown garlic. Thirteen Minnesota garlic growers had dozens of varieties for sale, which were suitable to eat or plant. 
3 Three-year-old Sam Schwartz-Timmerman, right, and his 4-year-old sister Lucy prepare to pose for a photograph with the Narren, an entertainment group from New Ulm whose members wear hand-carved wooden masks. 
4 Claire Gahler, left, who owns Cranky's Ice Cream, and her mother, Mary Plank, scoop up garlic ice cream. Gahler also made mint ice cream for those who were skeptical of the garlic-ice cream combination. 
5 Carl Rosen, a garlic grower and head of the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water and Climate, judges the garlic-growing contest. 
6 Children with hand-made musical instruments and toys take part in the "Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade" Saturday. Anyone attending the event can participate in the parade around the fairgrounds. 
7 This year's "Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade" Grand Marshall was the McLeod County Fairgrounds manager Randy Starke, who rode in a wagon near the front of the parade. 
8 A crowd gathered for the "Rogue Runway" fashion show enjoys the entertainment. 
9 One of the biggest attractions at the festival is the pop-up restaurant called The Great 'Scape Cafe. Well-known chefs from a number of restaurants in the Twin Cities prepared and cooked dishes like these prime rib sandwiches. 
10 A giant hand-made garlic sculpture is an attraction for those young and old. 
11 Minnesota-grown garlic bulbs on display and for sale.